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The United States in Global Perspective - A Primary Source Reader (Paperback): Julie K. Degraffenried, Stephen M. Sloan The United States in Global Perspective - A Primary Source Reader (Paperback)
Julie K. Degraffenried, Stephen M. Sloan
R830 Discovery Miles 8 300 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Gateway to Freedom - The Hidden History of America's Fugitive Slaves (Hardcover): Eric Foner Gateway to Freedom - The Hidden History of America's Fugitive Slaves (Hardcover)
Eric Foner
R550 R432 Discovery Miles 4 320 Save R118 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When slavery was a routine part of life in America's South, a secret network of activists and escape routes enabled slaves to make their way to freedom in what is now Canada. The 'underground railroad' has become part of folklore, but one part of the story is only now coming to light. In New York, a city whose banks, business and politics were deeply enmeshed in the slave economy, three men played a remarkable part, at huge personal risk. In Gateway to Freedom, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner tells the story of Sydney Howard Gay, an abolitionist newspaper editor; Louis Napoleon, furniture polisher; and Charles B. Ray, a black minister. Between 1830 and 1860, with the secret help of black dockworkers, the network led by these three men helped no fewer than 3,000 fugitives to liberty. The previously unexamined records compiled by Gay offer a portrait of fugitive slaves who passed through New York City - where they originated, how they escaped, who helped them in both North and South, and how they were forwarded to freedom in Canada.

The Hardest Job in the World - The American Presidency (Hardcover): John Dickerson The Hardest Job in the World - The American Presidency (Hardcover)
John Dickerson
R739 R591 Discovery Miles 5 910 Save R148 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
All Trails Lead to Santa Fe - Guide and Map for Three National Historic Trails Connecting Santa Fe to the Rest of the World... All Trails Lead to Santa Fe - Guide and Map for Three National Historic Trails Connecting Santa Fe to the Rest of the World (Sheet map)
Three Trails Conference, Kathryn Huelster, Dick Huelster
R349 R290 Discovery Miles 2 900 Save R59 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters of Michigan (Paperback): Patricia Montemurri Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters of Michigan (Paperback)
Patricia Montemurri
R510 R411 Discovery Miles 4 110 Save R99 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A History Lover's Guide to Houston (Paperback): Tristan Smith A History Lover's Guide to Houston (Paperback)
Tristan Smith
R523 R423 Discovery Miles 4 230 Save R100 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Yellow House - A Memoir (2019 National Book Award Winner) (Paperback): Sarah M Broom The Yellow House - A Memoir (2019 National Book Award Winner) (Paperback)
Sarah M Broom
R405 R331 Discovery Miles 3 310 Save R74 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSLLER Winner of the 2019 National Book Award in Nonfiction A brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East. In 1961, Sarah M. Broom's mother Ivory Mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of New Orleans East and built her world inside of it. It was the height of the Space Race and the neighborhood was home to a major NASA plant--the postwar optimism seemed assured. Widowed, Ivory Mae remarried Sarah's father Simon Broom; their combined family would eventually number twelve children. But after Simon died, six months after Sarah's birth, the Yellow House would become Ivory Mae's thirteenth and most unruly child. A book of great ambition, Sarah M. Broom's The Yellow House tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America's most mythologized cities. This is the story of a mother's struggle against a house's entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina. The Yellow House expands the map of New Orleans to include the stories of its lesser known natives, guided deftly by one of its native daughters, to demonstrate how enduring drives of clan, pride, and familial love resist and defy erasure. Located in the gap between the "Big Easy" of tourist guides and the New Orleans in which Broom was raised, The Yellow House is a brilliant memoir of place, class, race, the seeping rot of inequality, and the internalized shame that often follows. It is a transformative, deeply moving story from an unparalleled new voice of startling clarity, authority, and power.

Mouth Full of Blood - Essays, Speeches, Meditations (Paperback): Toni Morrison Mouth Full of Blood - Essays, Speeches, Meditations (Paperback)
Toni Morrison 1
R340 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R68 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

A vital new non-fiction collection from one of the most celebrated and revered writers of our time 'Word-work is sublime, she thinks, because it is generative; it makes meaning that secures our difference, our human difference-the way in which we are like no other life. We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.' The Nobel Lecture in Literature, 1993 Spanning four decades, these essays, speeches and meditations interrogate the world around us. They are concerned with race, gender and globalisation. The sweep of American history and the current state of politics. The duty of the press and the role of the artist. Throughout A Mouth Full of Blood our search for truth, moral integrity and expertise is met by Toni Morrison with controlled anger, elegance and literary excellence. The collection is structured in three parts and these are heart-stoppingly introduced by a prayer for the dead of 9/11, a meditation on Martin Luther King and a eulogy for James Baldwin. Morrison's Nobel lecture, on the power of language, is accompanied by lectures to Amnesty International and the Newspaper Association of America. She speaks to graduating students and visitors to both the Louvre and America's Black Holocaust Museum. She revisits The Bluest Eye, Sula and Beloved; reassessing the novels that have become touchstones for generations of readers. A Mouth Full of Blood is a powerful, erudite and essential gathering of ideas that speaks to us all. 'To what do we pay greatest allegiance? Family, language group, culture, country, gender? Religion, race? And, if none of these matter, are we urbane, cosmopolitan or simply lonely? In other words, how do we decide where we belong? What convinces us that we do?' The Alexander Lecture series, 2002

On Account of Race - The Supreme Court, White Supremacy, and the Ravaging of African American Voting Rights (Hardcover):... On Account of Race - The Supreme Court, White Supremacy, and the Ravaging of African American Voting Rights (Hardcover)
Lawrence Goldstone
R621 R496 Discovery Miles 4 960 Save R125 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Jesus and John Wayne - How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation (Hardcover): Kristin Kobes DuMez Jesus and John Wayne - How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation (Hardcover)
Kristin Kobes DuMez
R693 R551 Discovery Miles 5 510 Save R142 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

How did a libertine who lacks even the most basic knowledge of the Christian faith win 81 percent of the white evangelical vote in 2016? And why have white evangelicals become a presidential reprobate's staunchest supporters? These are among the questions acclaimed historian Kristin Kobes Du Mez asks in Jesus and John Wayne, which delves beyond facile headlines to explain how white evangelicals have brought us to our fractured political moment. Challenging the commonly held assumption that the "moral majority" backed Donald Trump for purely pragmatic reasons, Du Mez reveals that Donald Trump in fact represents the fulfillment, rather than the betrayal, of white evangelicals' most deeply held values. Jesus and John Wayne is a sweeping account of the last seventy-five years of white evangelicalism, showing how American evangelicals have worked for decades to replace the Jesus of the Gospels with an idol of rugged masculinity and Christian nationalism, or in the words of one modern chaplain, with "a spiritual badass." As Du Mez explains, the key to understanding this transformation is to recognize the role of culture in modern American evangelicalism. Many of today's evangelicals may not be theologically astute, but they know their VeggieTales, they've read John Eldredge's Wild at Heart, and they learned about purity before they learned about sex-and they have a silver ring to prove it. Evangelical books, films, music, clothing, and merchandise shape the beliefs of millions. And evangelical popular culture is teeming with muscular heroes-mythical warriors and rugged soldiers, men like Oliver North, Ronald Reagan, Mel Gibson, and the Duck Dynasty clan, who assert white masculine power in defense of "Christian America." Chief among these evangelical legends is John Wayne, an icon of a lost time when men were uncowed by political correctness, unafraid to tell it like it was, and did what needed to be done. Trump, in other words, is hardly the first flashy celebrity to capture evangelicals' hearts and minds, nor is he the first strongman to promise evangelicals protection and power. Indeed, the values and viewpoints at the heart of white evangelicalism today-patriarchy, authoritarian rule, aggressive foreign policy, fear of Islam, ambivalence toward #MeToo, and opposition to Black Lives Matter and the LGBTQ community-are likely to persist long after Trump leaves office. A much-needed reexamination, Jesus and John Wayne explains why evangelicals have rallied behind the least-Christian president in American history and how they have transformed their faith in the process, with enduring consequences for all of us.

Memphis - In the Great Depression (Paperback): Roger Biles Memphis - In the Great Depression (Paperback)
Roger Biles
R508 Discovery Miles 5 080 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Blood, Dreams and Gold - The Changing Face of Burma (Paperback): Richard Cockett Blood, Dreams and Gold - The Changing Face of Burma (Paperback)
Richard Cockett
R378 Discovery Miles 3 780 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The best single-volume analysis of Burma, its checkered history, and its attempts to reform Burma is one of the largest countries in Southeast Asia and was once one of its richest. Under successive military regimes, however, the country eventually ended up as one of the poorest countries in Asia, a byword for repression and ethnic violence. Richard Cockett spent years in the region as a correspondent for The Economist and witnessed firsthand the vicious sectarian politics of the Burmese government, and later, also, its surprising attempts at political and social reform. Cockett's enlightening history, from the colonial era on, explains how Burma descended into decades of civil war and authoritarian government. Taking advantage of the opening up of the country since 2011, Cockett has interviewed hundreds of former political prisoners, guerilla fighters, ministers, monks, and others to give a vivid account of life under one of the most brutal regimes in the world. In many cases, this is the first time that they have been able to tell their stories to the outside world. Cockett also explains why the regime has started to reform, and why these reforms will not go as far as many people had hoped. This is the most rounded survey to date of this volatile Asian nation.

Lost Restaurants of Chicago (Paperback): Greg Borzo Lost Restaurants of Chicago (Paperback)
Greg Borzo; Foreword by Doug Sohn
R557 R446 Discovery Miles 4 460 Save R111 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
North Carolina and the Two World Wars (Paperback): Sarah McCulloh Lemmon North Carolina and the Two World Wars (Paperback)
Sarah McCulloh Lemmon
R372 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R64 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Rebels and King's Men - Bertie County in the Revolutionary War (Paperback): Gerald W. Thomas Rebels and King's Men - Bertie County in the Revolutionary War (Paperback)
Gerald W. Thomas
R371 R307 Discovery Miles 3 070 Save R64 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Iron Empires - Robber Barons, Railroads, and the Making of Modern America (Hardcover): Michael Hiltzik Iron Empires - Robber Barons, Railroads, and the Making of Modern America (Hardcover)
Michael Hiltzik
R698 R549 Discovery Miles 5 490 Save R149 (21%) Pre-order
Colors of Confinement - Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II (Hardcover, New... Colors of Confinement - Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II (Hardcover, New edition)
Eric L. Muller
R866 R681 Discovery Miles 6 810 Save R185 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In 1942, Bill Manbo and his family were forced from their Hollywood home into the Japanese American internment camp at Heart Mountain in Wyoming. While there, Manbo documented both the bleakness and beauty of his surroundings, using Kodachrome film, a technology then just seven years old, to capture community celebrations and to record his family's struggle to maintain a normal life under the harsh conditions of racial imprisonment. Colors of Confinement showcases sixty-five stunning images from this extremely rare collection of color photographs, presented along with three interpretive essays by leading scholars and a reflective, personal essay by a former Heart Mountain internee. The subjects of these haunting photos are the routine fare of an amateur photographer: parades, cultural events, people at play, Manbo's son. But the images are set against the backdrop of the barbed-wire enclosure surrounding the Heart Mountain Relocation Center and the dramatic expanse of Wyoming sky and landscape. The accompanying essays illuminate these scenes as they trace a tumultuous history unfolding just beyond the camera's lens, giving readers insight into Japanese American cultural life and the stark realities of life in the camps.

Harlem 69 - The Future of Soul (Paperback): Stuart Cosgrove Harlem 69 - The Future of Soul (Paperback)
Stuart Cosgrove 1
R289 R222 Discovery Miles 2 220 Save R67 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 1969, among Harlem's Rabelaisian cast of characters are bandleader King Curtis, soul singers Aretha Franklin and Donny Hathaway, and drug peddler Jimmy `Goldfinger' Terrell. In February a raid on tenements across New York leads to the arrest of 21 Black Panther party members and one of the most controversial trials of the era. In the summer Harlem plays host to Black Woodstock and concerts starring Sly and the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder and Nina Simone. The world's most famous guitarist, Jimi Hendrix, a major supporter of the Black Panthers, returns to Harlem in support of their cause. By the end of the year Harlem is gripped by a heroin pandemic and the death of a 12-year-old child sends shockwaves through the USA, leaving Harlem stigmatised as an area ravaged by crime, gangsters and a darkly vengeful drug problem.

Thank You for Voting - The Maddening, Enlightening, Inspiring Truth about Voting in America (Hardcover): Erin Geiger Smith Thank You for Voting - The Maddening, Enlightening, Inspiring Truth about Voting in America (Hardcover)
Erin Geiger Smith
R598 R474 Discovery Miles 4 740 Save R124 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Idaho Ruffed Grouse Hunting - The Heartbeat of the Woods (Paperback): Andrew Marshall Wayment Idaho Ruffed Grouse Hunting - The Heartbeat of the Woods (Paperback)
Andrew Marshall Wayment
R566 R454 Discovery Miles 4 540 Save R112 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Women on the North American Plains (Paperback): Renee M. Laegreid Women on the North American Plains (Paperback)
Renee M. Laegreid
R1,026 R785 Discovery Miles 7 850 Save R241 (23%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The first comprehensive view of women on the North American Plains, these essays explore the richness, variety, and complexity of their experiences. From prehistory to the present, the Great Plains have played a significant role in the lives of women who moved to or across them, cleaving to cultural ideas and patterns while adapting to the rigors of the region. Twelve essays--arranged chronologically within sub-regions--draw upon innovative theoretical and methodological approaches, including gender/transgender studies, decolonization of Native peoples, and the influence of nation states. Richly grounded in the particular, these essays also contextualize the stories of specific women and locales within larger social, political, and economic trends. Individually and collectively, they reveal the intricate relations that tie together people and place. Here are long-needed perspectives on the diverse lives of women who have been--and who continue to be--too often ignored in wider histories of the Plains. Also 04 Activeable in cloth, 978-0-89672-733-5, $65.00

Fading Ads of Detroit (Paperback): Robert C. Allen Fading Ads of Detroit (Paperback)
Robert C. Allen
R543 R431 Discovery Miles 4 310 Save R112 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Big Sky Bounty Cookbook - Local Ingredients and Rustic Recipes (Paperback): Chef Barrie Boulds, Jean Petersen The Big Sky Bounty Cookbook - Local Ingredients and Rustic Recipes (Paperback)
Chef Barrie Boulds, Jean Petersen
R568 R450 Discovery Miles 4 500 Save R118 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Madisons at Montpelier - Reflections on the Founding Couple (Paperback): Ralph Ketcham The Madisons at Montpelier - Reflections on the Founding Couple (Paperback)
Ralph Ketcham
R401 R327 Discovery Miles 3 270 Save R74 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Restored to its original splendor, Montpelier is now a national shrine, but before Montpelier became a place of study and tribute, it was a home. Often kept from it by the business of the young nation, James and Dolley Madison could finally take up permanent residence when they retired from Washington in 1817. Their lifelong friend Thomas Jefferson predicted that, at Montpelier, the retiring Madison could return to his "books and farm, to tranquility, and independence," that he would be released "from incessant labors, corroding anxieties, active enemies, and interested friends."

As the celebrated historian Ralph Ketcham shows, this would turn out to be only partly true. Although the Madisons were no longer in Washington, Dolley continued to take part in its social scene from afar, dominating it just as she had during Jefferson's and her husband's administrations, commenting on people and events there and advising the multitude of young people who thought of her as the creator of society life in the young republic. James maintained a steady correspondence about public questions ranging from Native American affairs, slavery, and utopian reform to religion and education. He also took an active role at the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1829-30, in the defeat of nullification, and in the establishment of the University of Virginia, of which he was the rector for eight years after Jefferson's death. Exploring Madison's role in these post-presidential issues reveals a man of extraordinary intellectual vitality and helps us to better understand Madison's political thought. His friendships with figures such as Jefferson, James Monroe, and the Marquis de Lafayette--as well as his assessment of them (he outlived them all)--shed valuable light on the nature of the republic they had all helped found.

In their last years, James and Dolley Madison personified the republican institutions and culture of the new nation--James as the father of the Constitution and its chief propounder for nearly half a century, and Dolley as the creator of the role of "First Lady." Anything but uneventful, the retirement period at Montpelier should be seen as a crucial element in our understanding of this remarkable couple.

They Were Her Property - White Women as Slave Owners in the American South (Paperback): Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers They Were Her Property - White Women as Slave Owners in the American South (Paperback)
Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers
R431 R353 Discovery Miles 3 530 Save R78 (18%) In stock

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History "Compelling."-Renee Graham, Boston Globe "Stunning."-Rebecca Onion, Slate "Makes a vital contribution to our understanding of our past and present."-Parul Sehgal, New York Times Bridging women's history, the history of the South, and African American history, this book makes a bold argument about the role of white women in American slavery. Historian Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers draws on a variety of sources to show that slave-owning women were sophisticated economic actors who directly engaged in and benefited from the South's slave market. Because women typically inherited more slaves than land, enslaved people were often their primary source of wealth. Not only did white women often refuse to cede ownership of their slaves to their husbands, they employed management techniques that were as effective and brutal as those used by slave-owning men. White women actively participated in the slave market, profited from it, and used it for economic and social empowerment. By examining the economically entangled lives of enslaved people and slave-owning women, Jones-Rogers presents a narrative that forces us to rethink the economics and social conventions of slaveholding America.

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